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The Associated Press

Pine-Sol served instead of juice

HONOLULU — Three children took sips of the household cleaner Pine-Sol after a classroom assistant at a Honolulu preschool mistook the liquid for apple juice, officials said.

Paramedics were called to the Kilohana United Methodist Church Preschool to evaluate three girls, ages 4 and 5, on Tuesday morning, the Honolulu Emergency Services Department said.

They found no signs of trauma or sickness, and the girls’ parents declined to take them to the hospital.

The preschool sent out a letter to parents, saying the incident was “unfortunate” and that no children were injured.

“Only sips were taken before the lead teacher realized the liquid was not apple juice,” the preschool said. “The staff responded immediately by calling EMS and police. The children’s parents were immediately notified as well.”

The state Department of Health inspected the preschool afterward and found no code violations.

The assistant prepared snacks of crackers and juice as the classroom teacher attended to children at the restroom, according to the inspection report. The assistant picked up the container of yellow-brown liquid off a clean-up cart in the kitchen and poured it into cups.

The classroom teacher smelled that the liquid wasn’t apple juice and stopped students from drinking it, inspectors said in the report.

The report notes the cleaner was in its original container and properly labeled. The cart did not have any food items on it. All food was labeled and stored in kitchen cabinets, according to the report.

The preschool said it will be evaluating its process for obtaining snacks and refreshments to prevent any chance of this happening again. Staff will also undergo additional training.


Ship named for U.S. Sen. Inouye arrives

HONOLULU — The largest containership ever built in the U.S. has arrived in Honolulu Harbor after three years of construction.

The 850-foot vessel, named after the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, reached Hawaii on Wednesday following its maiden voyage from Philadelphia to California this month, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

The vessel is the largest operated by Honolulu-based Matson. The Inouye will join the company’s fleet of 10 ships currently serving the state.

The roughly $210 million ship can carry the equivalent of 3,600 20-foot containers. The largest of Matson’s older ships can carry 2,824 containers.

The Inouye is the first of four new ships Matson has ordered in recent years. Its second new vessel, named Kaimana Hila, is under construction at Philly Shipyard.

There are also two new vessels under construction in San Diego which will be 870 feet. They’re expected to be delivered in late 2019 and late 2020.

“These new ships are the future for Hawaii shipping and will bring a new level of efficiency and reliability to our service,” Matson chairman and CEO Matt Cox said in a statement.